Jesuittoday The Magazine of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas
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Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Rev. Philip S. Postell, S.J. President Michael A. Earsing Principal Rev. Francis W. Huete, S.J. Rector of the Jesuit Community David C. Berend Vice President & CFO Charles E. Vinson II Vice President of Institutional Advancement Managing Editor, Jesuit Today
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Chairman: Charles M. Young Trustees: Edwin S. Bell, Jr.; Rev. Ronald J. Boudreaux, S.J.; Michael A. Earsing; Rev. Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J.; John A. Gates ’83; James B. Harris; Rev. Francis W. Huete, S.J.; Joseph V. Hughes, Jr. ’71; Cheryl L. Joyner; Daniel Moen; Rick J. O’Brien ’82; Rev. Philip S. Postell, S.J.; Rev. Anthony G. Rauschuber, S.J.; Michael S. Rawlings
Jesuit Foundation John F. Hughes President Maureen Nawalaniec Accountant Rhonda White Database Administrator Jan Deck Celebration Auction
BOARD OF TRUSTEES Chairman: John A. Gates ’83 Trustees: Thomas F. August; William A. Blase, Jr.; J.D. Dell; Mark D. Godvin; William P. Hanley ’75; John F. Hubach; Maureen B. Kuntz; Joseph C. Murphy, Jr; Scot W. O’Brien ’78; Rev. Philip S. Postell, S.J.; Jeffrey R. Staubach ’93; Charles E. Vinson II; John P. Watters ’82; John A. Wensinger ’77; Kathryn Davis Williams; Carol B. Wright; Charles M. Young
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WELCOME In this issue, we celebrate Jesuit ties—the myriad ways our community is linked to each other and to the school—and how those ties both shape and support Jesuit Dallas. We bring you recent news in the lives of our alumni, students, families and friends. If you haven’t had a chance to visit our new website, we give you a bird’s-eye view of how it can help you stay connected to your classmates and the school. Finally, we bring you up to date on campus improvements made possible by the community’s generous support of the We Are Jesuit campaign, including four science electives added as a result of new classrooms. We continue to move more of our content from paper to electronic, so make sure we have your email address and check out jesuitcp.org/ties, where you can find feature stories about Jesuit ties and submit your own. As always, be sure to let us know what you’d like to see in future issues of Jesuit Today and keep us informed about your life. J
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4 Message from the President 5 The Roundup
14 Financial Report 18 We Are Jesuit 20 The Art of Science
22 The Ranger Report
Class Notes Weddings New Arrivals In Memoriam
34 Closing Thoughts 35 Magi Golf Cover photo: Students’ ties at Jesuit are as varied as our community’s ties to Jesuit.
Message from the President When I recently asked one of my university professors to give me a book on the contemporary Church, he suggested a publication that discussed five characteristics of the emerging Church. In all candor, I can only remember one such trait. But that one has left a lasting impression on my psyche. The characteristic is that of community, something that may well characterize the modern Church and distinguishes it from examples of the past 500 years. While this characteristic may distinguish us from immediate predecessors, it really brings us into a closer resemblance to the apostolic Church, where members shared meals, housing, and income. We may not have some of the innocence today of that ancient reminder. But I dare say you will look long and hard at various American institutions to find examples of community like that we experience at Jesuit Dallas today. The list of volunteers in many parishes is legion, everything from liturgical assistants, visitors of the sick, feeding the hungry, teaching the adolescents of the parish, filling the ranks of daycare, and comforting the shut ins. Some schools and parishes possess such a strong menu of volunteers that coordinators are needed just to tabulate sheer numbers. At Jesuit Dallas, for instance, we employ a community service coordinator and a director of campus ministry. This really is a distinct characteristic of the modern Church. There are no longer priests and nuns to monopolize ministerial possibilities. Ministry is shared all the way up to the altar. One of my fellow priests once joked that he has to fight for a place on the altar when he presides at the liturgy. So when we consider the topic of community at a school like Jesuit Dallas, it is comforting to know that we share this very important dynamic of the Church and that ministry extends beyond narrow liturgical concerns to wider challenges of justice and mercy, pretty exciting to be sure.
Philip Postell, S.J. President, Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas
M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas offers young men an excellent, Catholic education in the classical Jesuit tradition with the purpose of forming a community of men of high moral principles and service to others.
Isaac Trevino ’60 is awarded his Golden Diploma from Rev. Philip Postell, S.J. during the Distinquished Alumnus Mass.
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’05 and ’06 Graduates: What if you could return to Jesuit for a year? Jesuit alumni who will graduate from college in 2010 or who recently graduated are encouraged to apply for the Alumni Service Corps, an opportunity to spend a year serving Jesuit Dallas. For information, visit www.jesuitcp.org/asc or contact Jack Fitzsimmons at jfitzsimmons @jesuitcp.org.
Alumnus Receives National Science Foundation’s (NSF) CAREER Award Andrew Jordan, Ph.D ’93, an assistant professor of physics at The University of Rochester, received the NSF’s most prestigious award in recognition of a “career dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning.” In describing Andrew, Nicholas Bigelow, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Rochester explains, “Andrew is a young physicist of unusually broad interests and talents.” Jordan will use the $425,000 in research funding to study how quantum mechanical systems become entangled—a strange property of two or more objects where one object can no longer be adequately described without full mention of its counterpart—even if the individual objects are spatially separated by millions of miles. The research may lead to better manipulation of quantum information for use in future computers or telecommunication.
Several hundred Jesuit students volunteered for the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas Buddy Walk. Alumni from across the country, joined by families and friends, supported the students and made this the most successful year yet for this annual event.
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Danny Lowry ’93, Troy Manson ’93, and Hap Flaherty ’93 had fun and helped make the first week of Phonathon a success.
Phonathon The first week of Phonathon drew a record number of callers, with the class of 1960 achieving 48% participation. The Class of 1979 is in the lead, having raised more than $19,000. With the second week of Phonathon scheduled for January 31, there’s still time to participate in the formation of Men for Others.
Art in the Jesuit Dallas Museum collection spans 2000 years. The oldest piece is a 1st century Mayan bowl. “Jesuit Water Lilies” (pictured) is a recent addition, painted live during the museum’s Kaleidoscope of Art event in March 2009 by Dallas artist JD Miller. The piece was donated to the museum by the artist and by Samuel Lynne Galleries, at which the event was held. The sculptural oil painting has a stunning threedimensional appearance achieved through the application of twenty times more paint than is typical. The artist estimates that the painting will be fully dry in 100 years. Please come see this spectacular piece in the beautiful light of the new classroom wing.
(L to R) Challenge Drive leaders John Bush, Mike Quint, Mark Luyendecker and incoming chair Stan Bradshaw celebrate a successful drive that helps minimize tuition increases while making a variety of programs possible.
Up to the Challenge Under the leadership of John Leinbaugh and his team of co-chairs and captains, the 41st Annual Parents’ Challenge Drive was a resounding success. Thanks to all who showed their support of the mission of Jesuit Dallas by raising the participation rate to 95%.
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Jesuit students spent an afternoon celebrating Christmas with the Buckner Children’s Program.
Christmas Community Service The Jesuit Community Service and Social Justice Program spread Christmas joy to young, old and everyone in between. Through the efforts of the program, 44 children under the care of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center received something special for Christmas, from basic necessities to special gifts. In addition to helping those children, the junior class purchased gifts for 126 children under the care of Children’s Protective Services (CPS). Another 45 children from the Wynnewood Apartment Complex—a Buckner Children’s Program—were treated to a Christmas tree, dinner, decorations, fun activities, and a gift card so that they could do some Christmas shopping. The third year Jesuit hosted the Notre Dame Christmas Dance was the best yet, with the cafeteria transformed for this special night for 140 students and alumni of Notre Dame School. Jesuit seniors headed to DFW Airport to handle the nightowl shift welcoming returning military home. Jesuit Dallas students Michael Mersch ’10 (green stripes) and Jake Coleman ’10 (yellow shirt) with their host families in Guadalajara, Mexico. Jesuit Guadalajara students Alvaro and Sebastian Madrigal (left) and Lalo Romo (right) will be joining Jesuit Dallas in January. In addition to Mersch and Coleman, Jesuit students Erik Toedt ’10 and Max Wensinger ’11 took part in the short-term cultural and academic exchange program, the first of its kind in a Jesuit high school in the U.S.
(L to R) James Weidenfeller ’10, Alex Petsos ’12, Tommy Codd ’12, Jonathan Bedard ’12, Harrison Crosby ’10, Julie Crosby, Shelly Codd, Catherine Marchand and Gary Bedard (front) toured France to experience the culture and hone their French language skills. The group toured Paris as well as historic World War II locations in Normandy and Brittany. Other stops included Rouen as well as Mont Saint Michel Abbey.
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Young Alumni Service Project
Spieth Named National Junior Golf Association Player of the Year Jordan Spieth ’11 received the American Junior Golf Association top honor for the most outstanding year in junior golf events at the national level. Spieth solidified the front-runner spot after winning the 2009 USGA Junior Amateur Golf Championship.
After more than five months of preparation, Stephen Perkins ’03 organized Jesuit’s Young Alumni and current students to refurbish the home of an elderly resident. Volunteers included John Mungioli ’05, Jason Larkin ’03, Anthony Mungioli ’03, Paul Panza ’03, Andrew Alexander ’02, Matthew Espinosa ’02, Jerry Young ’00, Joey Mongaras ’98, Dean Somes ’98, Creston Whitaker ’97, Mike Agis ’96, Larry Latham ’79, Bill Sladek ’78, Kevin Whelan ’77, along with family and friends.
Jesuit Theater presented Twelve Angry Men to sell out crowds in November. The next performances will be the Senior One-Act Plays January 14-16.
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(L to R) Mike Earsing; Keith Reese; Gunnar Rawlings ’07, Micki and Mike Rawlings; Philip Postell, SJ; and Robert Murphy, SJ celebrate the Rawlings family’s dedication of the Office of Campus Ministry. Adm. Pat Walsh ’73 meets Chris Collazo ’06, who entered the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School.
Alumnus Commands Pacific Fleet
Dedicating a plaque in The Peace Garden of Faith to the memory of the late Donna Massanelli are her husband, Steve Massanelli, son Daniel ’08, and daughter Mallory (UA ’04) joined by Philip Postell, S.J. Red roses in the garden celebrate women in the community who survived cancer, while white roses remember those who did not.
On September 25, Admiral Pat Walsh ’73 became one of the youngest commanders of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in history. With responsibility for an area that encompasses about half of the earth’s surface and is home to half of the world’s population, Walsh will command five aircraft carrier strike groups, 180 ships, 1,500 aircraft and more than 100,000 sailors, Marines and civilians. Walsh and his family— wife Andy, and children, Jennifer and Matthew—now reside in the former home of the legendary Adm. Chester W. Nimitz in Pearl Harbor. Family friend Jan Collmer ’52 describes Walsh as “…representing the Men for Others theme in a very special way.”
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JWA Highlights The Jesuit Women’s Auxiliary’s 674 members have been busy. During the summer, they welcomed mothers of incoming freshmen by providing ‘mentor moms’ who work with the freshman counselors throughout the year to help freshman parents navigate the transition to high school. At the annual fall luncheon, they recognized their three Man for Others Award recipients: Kevin Kolker ‘11, Michael Sanders ’10 and Tyler Williams ‘12. They provided support for the school’s record-setting blood drive as well as a wide variety of school projects. Activity really ramped up for the Christmas season, with the most successful poinsettia sale in the school’s history. Volunteers selected the highest-quality individual plants, which they assembled into beautiful baskets. Days later, the annual Christmas Bazaar attracted nearly 2,000 visitors who selected merchandise from 100 vendors. The funds raised by these events support Jesuit students.
The JWA Bake Sale is a highlight of the Christmas Bazaar.
If that wasn’t enough, JWA volunteers brought Christmas to the community on Jesuit’s behalf. Working with Jesuit students, they hosted their second annual Christmas celebration for 45 children who are part of the Buckner Children’s Program, providing food, Christmas activities and gifts. The very next day, they hosted a Christmas party at Treemont Nursing Home, where bingo and treats were the prelude to Christmas caroling by the Jesuit Men’s Choir. More than 100 residents received new pajamas, an equal number also received a handmade blanket or wheelchair pouch, and bingo winners went home with bags of prizes. Finally, JWA joined the Alumni Association to sponsor Adopt-a-Family, which provided Christmas gifts for 115 families.
JWA president Lisa Engels organizes students to deliver poinsettias.
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JWA and the Alumni Association joined together to help 115 families celebrate Christmas.
Residents of Treemont Nursing Home enjoy carols sung by the Jesuit Menâ€™s Choir.
JWA volunteers provided snacks to all who donated blood during a recent community service sponsored blood drive. Be a lifesaver and mark your calendars for our next blood drive February 3, 2010.
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Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Financial Report For the year ended June 30, 2009 Financial Highlights • Construction of a new 12,000-square-foot classroom • Net operating income of approximately $900,000 from the Jesuit addition was completed in less than six months at a final cost, Dallas-owned retail shopping center located at 12300 Inwood including furnishings, of approximately $2.3 million. Road is utilized to reduce shopping center debt; additionally, on • During the 2009-2010 academic year, Jesuit granted more July 1, 2009, it was used to purchase 12370 Inwood Road, which than $1,565,000 in financial assistance to 262 students, Calico Corners will continue to lease from the school. These representing 25% of the student body. The average grant is properties have no financial impact on the school. 55% of tuition. The dollar amount of scholarship assistance • The beneficial interest of the Jesuit Foundation and the Jesuit increased 26% over the prior year. Dallas Museum in the Consolidated Statement of Financial Position resulted in total consolidated assets of the school being greater than $82.6 million.
Operating Revenues and Expenses Revenues
Operating Revenues by Source
Depreciation & Amortization 6.5%
Foundation Distribution 10.6%
General Instructional 7.2%
Other 4.4% Athletics 4.3% Auxiliary Activities 3.9% Interest Expense 2.2%
Challenge Drive 5.4% Auxiliary Activities 3.0% Other Income 1.3% Investment Income .7%
Salaries & Benefits 65.4% Tuition & Fees - 73.5%
Expenses Operating Expenses by Source
Consolidated Statement of Financial Position For the years ended June 30, 2009 and June 30, 2008
ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,215,816 $ Pledges receivable–net 9,280,288 Receivable from Jesuit Foundation 378,410 Tuition and miscellaneous receivables 202,294 Deferred costs 86,128 Prepaid expenses 121,715 Property and equipment–net 29,377,766 Beneficial interest in net assets of the Jesuit Foundation 27,590,332 Beneficial interest in net assets of the Jesuit Dallas Museum 346,351 Total Assets $ 82,599,100 LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Long-term debt $ 10,775,097 Advance receipts for tuition 2,565,856 Funds held for others 152,438 Accrued interest payable 150,350 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 742,196 Total Liabilities $ 14,385,937 Net Assets Unrestricted $ 23,122,423 Temporarily restricted–Capital Asset or Debt Allocation 17,154,057 Jesuit Foundation 27,590,332 Jesuit Dallas Museum 346,351 Total Net Assets $ 68,213,163 Total Liabilities and Net Assets $ 82,599,100
13,234,298 11,472,715 161,013 120,366 90,682 124,252 27,151,103 32,702,739 325,491 85,382,659
10,880,000 2,515,112 172,112 158,734 959,439 14,685,397 20,316,386 17,352,646 32,702,739 325,491 70,697,262 85,382,659
*This data is summarized from the School’s financial statements. Consolidated audited financial statements are available at jesuitcp.org.
Contributions - $4.2 Million (gifts and pledges) Boards Other 2.7% 3%
Percentage Increase in Tuition 8
7 Corporations and Foundations 31%
Alumni 14.6% Parents of Grads 15.3%
Current Parents 19.4%
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$9,650 $10,250 $10,800 $11,300 $11,750 $12,450
Jesuit Foundation Financial Report For the year ended June 30, 2009 Financial Highlights • Reflecting the financial turmoil that impacted virtually all institutional investors during most of fiscal 2009, the Foundation’s net assets declined by $5.1 million to $27.6 million. • Total return for the investment portfolio was a negative 17.7%, compared to a decrease of 26.2% for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and a decline in the consumer price index (CPI) of 1.4%. Strategic asset allocation by the Foundation mitigated portfolio performance relative to market declines.
• Distributions to Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas totaled a record $1.7 million. These distributions fund financial aid, faculty enrichment, and program support. • Building upon the continued success of the We Are Jesuit campaign, the Celebration Auction and the Alumni Phonathon, $2.1 million in contributions were added to the endowment.
Consolidated Statement of Financial Position For the years ended June 30, 2009 and 2008
ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,437,608 $ Pledges receivable, net 4,053,623 Investments 21,889,196 Funds held in trust by others and other assets 474,799 Total Assets $ 28,855,226 $ LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Liabilities Amounts payable to and invested for JCPS $ 1,026,589 $ Accounts payable and other liabilities 238,305 Total Liabilities $ 1,264,894 $ Net Assets Unrestricted $ 3,759,578 $ Temporarily restricted 354,864 Permanently restricted 23,475,890 Total Net Assets $ 27,590,332 $ Total Liabilities and Net Assets $ 28,855,226 $
523,445 4,211,403 29,053,325 475,505 34,263,678
1,324,723 236,216 1,560,939
6,335,489 4,639,880 21,727,370 32,702,739 34,263,678
*This data is summarized from the Foundation’s financial statements. Consolidated audited financial statements are available at jesuitcp.org.
Asset Allocation Cash 7.2%
$1.6 $20.0 $20 $1.4 $10.0 $10
June 30, 2009
$1.2 $1.0 2005
T ota l N e t A s s e t s
Growth in Total Net Assets and Distribution
Private Equity 20.8%
Hedge Funds 25.5%
Domestic Equity 23.4%
International Equity 8.9% Fixed Income 14.2%
Jesuit College Preparatory School Of Dallas Board Of Trustees And Officers 2009-2010
Jesuit College Preparatory School Of Dallas Foundation Board Of Trustees And Officers 2009-2010
Edwin S. Bell, Jr. Ronald J. Boudreaux, S.J. Michael A. Earsing Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J. James B. Harris John F. Hubach Francis W. Huete, S.J. Joseph V. Hughes, Jr. Cheryl Joyner Daniel Moen Rick J. O’Brien Philip S. Postell, S.J. Anthony G. Rauschuber, S.J. Michael S. Rawlings Charles M. Young
Thomas F. August William A. Blase, Jr. J.D. Dell Natalie U. Devero John A. Gates Mark D. Godvin William P. Hanley John F. Hubach Maureen B. Kuntz Joseph C. Murphy, Jr. Scot W. O’Brien Philip S. Postell, S.J. William E. Schaffler Charles E. Vinson II John P. Watters John A. Wensinger Carol B. Wright Charles M. Young
Charles M. Young – Chairman Philip S. Postell, S.J. – President Michael A. Earsing – Principal David C. Berend – Chief Financial Officer Charles E. Vinson II – Vice President Francis W. Huete, S.J. – Secretary
John F. Hubach – Chairman John A. Wensinger – Vice Chairman John F. Hughes – President John P. Watters – Treasurer Rhonda P. White - Secretary
Nicholas & Montgomery LLP
Timothy P. Tehan
Auditors Weaver and Tidwell, L.L.P.
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he father of a current student recently marveled that he had never seen such loyalty to an institution, but concluded that—with his son now a sophomore—he shares that devotion to Jesuit Dallas. Jesuit is blessed by alumni, students, parents, faculty and friends who unite to support the mission of the school. For 67 years, they have come together to help form Men for Others.
The community behind Jesuit Dallas both shapes and supports the character of the school, as it has since 1942, when twelve priests first opened the doors of Jesuit High School on Oak Lawn Avenue. In the early days, volunteers gave their time to the school by hosting ladies’ teas and bingo parties to fund programs. Today, a legion of volunteers supports the school—from operating the Ranger Connection store, to hosting events including homecoming and the Celebration Auction, and helping with extracurricular, athletic and community service projects—with the same sense of community and service. In addition to devoting their time and talent to the school, the generosity of Jesuit Dallas supporters has made an excellent Jesuit Catholic education available to thousands of young men.
The facilities plan identified a variety of needs. At the top of the list was the requirement for more classrooms, followed by the need for updated and expanded athletic facilities, modernization of the original campus facilities built in 1962, and increased parking as well as campus beautification. The endowment plan recognized the necessity of increasing the school’s endowment to fund financial assistance to students as well faculty development and other needs of the school.
Confidence in the community’s support of the Jesuit Dallas mission guided the board of trustees when it undertook the development of a master plan in 2006. The board began by assessing the current and future needs of the school, then studied the community’s willingness and ability to help the school meet those needs. The result of that process is a facilities and endowment plan as well as a fundraising campaign to make that plan a reality.
The Counseling Offices, built by reconfiguring existing space, are a popular place for students to gather.
With the master plan in place, the school began seeking support for We Are Jesuit, the name given to the campaign to fund these initiatives. As always, the Jesuit Dallas community has shown tremendous support for the school’s mission. Contributions to the campaign have allowed the school to complete the first two phases of campus improvements— which resulted in the addition of seventeen classrooms—without incurring debt. As improvements to the athletic stadium begin and modernization of original campus facilities takes shape, the school continues to be blessed by the support of the community. J
The Student Commons is used frequently for meetings of several hundred students.
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This eleven-classroom wing opened in 2009.
Classroom Additions and Modernization: In 2006, the need for additional classrooms was undisputable. The school was built in 1962 to accommodate 600 students; while subsequent construction added space, classroom usage was stretched to meet the needs of 1,000 students. In 2008, the first phase of the We Are Jesuit construction was completed, adding six classrooms and a student commons by reconfiguring existing space. Eleven classrooms were added in a new wing in 2009, meeting current and anticipated classroom needs. In addition to scheduling and other benefits, these seventeen classrooms enabled Jesuit to expand its curriculum. Among the classes offered through this expanded curriculum are four new science electives: anatomy, behavioral ecology, engineering, and forensic science. These college-level courses provide seniors with an opportunity to explore science in a way that few high school students can. Read the story on the following pages to find out how the inaugural year of these science electives is progressing. Plans are being finalized to renovate the original classrooms, built in 1962, to provide an improved learning environment. For example, the heating and cooling system will be upgraded to improve both comfort and energy efficiency. Lighting will be modernized as will classroom configurations and locker storage. When these improvements are complete, all classrooms on campus will be both functional and comfortable.
Stadium Modernization: Plans are being finalized for modernization of the sports stadium, which was built in 1962, when the student population was much smaller. In addition to aging materials that must be replaced for safety, current demands of the dozens of teams in thirteen sports that use the facility for practice or competition require upgrades for participants and spectators. Spectator benefits will include easier access, including access for those with physical challenges, as well as increased and improved seating, restrooms and concession stands. Benefits for athletes may include training facilities, locker rooms and coaches’ offices. Neighbors Construction has begun on stadium improvements. will appreciate more efficient lighting and sound that is less intrusive.
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The Art of Science: Four New Electives When the state mandated a fourth year of high school science beginning with the graduating class of 2011, Jesuit was blessed to be ready to respond. Not only have the classroom additions funded by the We Are Jesuit campaign made it possible to add to the curriculum, but the depth of the science department faculty meant there were qualified teachers ready to lead. The four new science electives—now in their inaugural year—are anatomy & physiology, behavioral ecology, engineering, and forensics. With all four based on college-level material, Bob Lanier’s description of the classes is accurate, “This is not the end of high school, it’s the beginning of college.”
The Scene of the Crime Catherine Clayton is the perfect choice to teach forensics—applying math and science to analyze evidence and solve crimes—admitting a long-standing and sometimes morbid fascination with the subject. She formalized her interest this summer by attending the National Association of High-School Teachers of Forensic Science Conference. The students have enjoyed the math and science, with at least one student discovering that he actually enjoys geometry. The “blood” labs have been particularly popular. With an edible recipe that encourages gruesome humor, the labs allow students to apply trigonometry and geometric theorems to establish the angle of impact. As Pedro Preciat ’10 explains, “It’s interesting that blood reveals so much.”
Students apply trigonometry to track the trajectory of a shot at a staged crime scene.
Clayton stages, “crime scenes” where students integrate their knowledge of fingerprint analysis, ballistics, blood patterns, geometry and trigonometry to explain the events that occurred. She emphasizes that, while forensics is a necessary science, it is not for everyone. The students have come to better understand the fragility of the human body, with some struggling with the human element of crime while others take a more detached view. In Preciat’s case, the class has confirmed his interest in a medical career, although he has decided it probably won’t involve forensics.
After collecting tidy fingerprint samples from faculty across campus, students participate in a lab that demonstrates why crime scene fingerprints are messier than those they collected.
Body of Knowledge In his 45th year of teaching biology, Bob Lanier embraced the opportunity to create a collegelevel anatomy and physiology class for Jesuit. Lanier takes care to make certain his students find relevance in his anatomy and physiology class. As Study of the skeletal system is enhanced with a disarticulated skeleton. he explains, “Every student is learning how he can improve his health.” With many of the students involved in athletics, all have gained new perspectives on physical conditioning. The course begins with a study of how cells in the human body work and progresses to assess organs and systems. Study of the skeletal system benefits from an articulated skeleton that can be disarticulated, enabling students to understand how the bones fit together. Students report gaining insights that help them in the classroom as well as on the field. Danny Blast ’10 explains that the class has helped him understand how all of the systems of the body affect each other, confirming his interest in medicine, with a particular focus on cardiology.
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Made Possible by Classroom Additions Appropriate Behavior With students currently focused on learning—how and why animals learn— Todd Gruninger’s behavioral ecology class is a study of human behavior as the students conduct experiments in animal behavior. Gruninger, who holds a doctorate in genetics, explains that the new elective is a college-level course that takes a very broad approach to the subject of behavioral ecology by addressing DNA, protein synthesis, evolution and natural selection, genetics and ecology as it examines animals’ interactions with their environment and with other species. The class has enjoyed working with mice—three females and three males—exploring strategies to train them to learn a variety of behaviors. While the mouse labs have been a highlight of the class, some of the most interesting discoveries come when the subject shifts to human behavior. Students study how human behavior is controlled by genes as well as how and why it has evolved. “I’ve been surprised to learn how much human behavior is driven by biological programming rather than emotional causes,” explains Sean Cunningham ‘10, who went on to describe the ethical and philosophical dilemmas that can present. The class recently analyzed altruistic behavior in light of an exercise through which they came to understand the tension between the biological advantage of cooperation and the drive to compete. Students are now designing and conducting their own human behavior experiments.
Students design experiments to study the behavior of mice under different stimuli.
Engineering the Future When Julie Carver developed the curriculum for the new engineering elective, she set an ambitious goal: introduce students to such diverse fields as aeronautical, electrical, mechanical, civil, biomedical and computer engineering. By making the class fun and interesting, she also set up her biggest challenge: getting students to leave one topic to move onto the next. Extending the classroom, students visited IBM—where they studied security prototypes, augmented reality and radio-frequency identification (RFID)— and will visit a construction site to learn about structures and mechanical systems; they will also see the latest developments in engineering at the SMU research laboratories. In addition, a guest lecturer from Vought Aircraft Industries explained developments in aeronautical design, materials and construction.
While some students entered the class planning to study engineering in college, others have discovered new interests. For example, Eugene Ticzon says, “The IBM trip led me to consider studying electrical engineering, something I hadn’t thought about.”
Students design and build bridges based on engineering concepts. Highlights of the class include the design challenges. A bridge-building contest required students to design a bridge, show the calculations that prove the design, and build a bridge that meets the defined criteria. The teams showed a broad range of solutions—from a welded-steel structure that may support as much as four tons, to a lumber and duct-tape structure that remained solid with 1,000 pounds. In another challenge, students apply electrical, mechanical and computer knowledge to design and build robots that compete to perform a variety of tasks.
After designing and building robots, teams compete in a variety of challenges.
r a n g e r r e p o r t 1940’s Whenever they can get away, Tommy Koch ’48 and wife Betty enjoy traveling around the U.S. They also find time to spend with their eight children and 18 grandchildren. “This year we have three attending Jesuit.”
1950’s Jim Ameel ’51 had worked on so many houses after 19 years of service to Habitat for Humanity that his son-in-law paid for one of the homes to be built in his honor. Pat McDowell ’52 works full time as a senior district judge. Along with being proud grandparents, he and wife Dianne celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary.
Carl Boyle ’54 and wife Sandy enjoy the scenery on their recent river cruise from Vienna to Amsterdam.
After 46 years in public accounting, Larry Tanner ’58 started to transition out of his daily occupation. He serves on the board of directors for the Houston Gulf Coast Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and continues to travel. Dave Gibbons ’59 is proud to announce that his daughter Anne Marie has been chosen assistant prosecutor in Union County, NJ.
1960’s Howard Davis ’60 and wife Barbara are trying to find homes for all the feral and abandoned house cats they rescue. Chuck McGuire ’60 married Katharine Leake on Sept. 26, 2009. “The young couple is on their way,” reports Chuck.
Terry Tenholder ’52 wants all to know that the first Wednesday of every month, members of their class get Mike Moriarty ’60 spent 12 days touring Ireland’s together at Prego Pasta House (Joe Barraco ’52) for lunch. wonderful countryside. He drove over 1800 miles enjoying Recently they were pleasantly surprised to have Fr. John the scenery, weather and—especially—the people. Edwards join them and hope to have him come again. Jerry Durbin ’53 made his first parasail sky dive from 14,000 ft. this past summer. He says, “It was a real downer!”
Jim Harford ’63 attained the rating of certified hazardous materials manager (CHMM), making him the only hazardous waste compliance assistance coordinator in the state of Nebraska.
One of the highlights of Homecoming weekend was the 50th reunion of the class of 1960. All members received their Golden Diplomas from Rev. Philip Postell, S.J. at Mass held in their honor.
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Daniel McGarvey ’69, a career military intelligence officer, plays a vital role in safeguarding our nation’s cyber security. As the Director, Information Protection, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, he is responsible for policy development, implementation, training and oversight of the Air Force’s information, industrial and personnel security programs. Dan is Chairman of the Air Force Security Advisory Group and Vice Chairman of the Air Force Security Advisory Council, protecting government systems against cyber attacks. During his distinguished career, Dan has received awards and honors including the Army Meritorious Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Jerry Taliaferro ’63 reports that his son, Army 1st Lt. David Taliaferro is serving in Iraq at Camp Speicher in Tikrit, Mechanized Infantry. He was a 2007 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Andy Chase ’65 is pleased to be entering his 30th year of teaching. “I have found it to be the most rewarding profession.” Over the last 16 years, he has qualified eight teams of underclassmen for national academic competitions against teams of upperclassmen. Johnny Van Horn ’66 celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary this summer. A custom home builder at Cedar Creek Lake for 17 years, he is happy to have his son Jeffrey join the business. He also is enjoying his two grandsons, Gavin (5) and Cameron (7 mos.).
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Len Dickinson’66 and wife Peggy have four children, 11 grandchildren and one more granddaughter on the way. Dan McGarvey ’69 and family have been busy. This year they welcomed two new grandbabies into the family. Son James and wife are airmen assigned to Hickam AFB in Honolulu and Dan Jr. is working on movies in Dallas. Mollie, Lauren and Sean are nearby in Virginia.
Rome McDaniel ’74 is outnumbered by his seven grandchildren.
Jim Sharp ’70 is the first democrat in 12 years elected to the First Court of Appeals of Texas. Joe Casazza ’71 recently completed a boating trip up and down the Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers in South Carolina. Ruben Reyes ’74 and wife Debbie are the proud grandparents of Noah James Bianchi, born to their daughter Danielle, a current teacher at Jesuit Dallas, and her husband Paul. John Schmeltz ’74 is an American Airlines 767 international captain based at DFW airport. Sons, Bobby ’00, Andrew ’01 and Thomas ’06 graduated from Jesuit. David Duarte ’75 is happy to report that his daughter Victoria, a former Jesuit varsity cheerleader, is attending Texas A&M. Tom Drinkwater ’76 joined his mailing business with Dalton Mailing Service (Bob Dalton ’83). That’s a lot of combined experience. “A mailing service, run by not one, but two Jesuit boys has to be the best!” Russell Kellen ’76 invites anyone visiting Aggieland to call him and visit. “You are always welcome and we enjoy seeing friends with their kids at Texas A&M.”
Matt Reznicek ’04 (R) had a great time showing Dave McGowan ’69 and his wife Jeri around Ireland.
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Jack Wensinger ’77 spent two weeks in Wisconsin with a rotating crew of Jesuit Dallas students and alumni. Pictured (L to R) at Paul Bunyan’s feet are John Koeijmans ’77, Jimmy Nisbit ’11, Max Wensinger ’11, Gus Dosset ’11 and Jack Wensinger ’77. Not pictured but part of the trip were Tom Wensinger ’82, Jackson Smith ’11 and Max Friar ’11.
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Randy Kemp ’76 and his wife Judith moved to Hillsboro, a suburb of Portland OR, where he started an investment business trading currencies and precious metal mining companies for private clients. His wife graduated from University of Texas, Galveston Medical School and runs her own practice in family medicine. Jeff Stalker ’76 and wife Denise built a house in Castle Hills, a community north of Dallas. They have one daughter at TCU, one graduating from Hebron High School and a son attending Parish Episcopal School. In the publishing industry for 22 years, he is serving his sixth consecutive term on the board of directors for the worldwide Association of Directory Publishers. He is currently Director of Operations for Gordon Publications and MyLocalNumbers.com in Dallas. What are the chances? Frank Marshall ’83 and Joe Cox ’83 met at the Taj Mahal after finding each other in India at the same time by coincidence. Joe says, “You can travel the world and still run into a fellow Jesuit!”
Rick Cadena ’77 just returned from a wonderful trip to Rome that included Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. Ken Shafer ’77 is celebrating 20 successful years of Ken Shafer Design, Inc. Throughout his career he has done work for many companies including Nike’s Tiger Woods logo, the PGA Tour, NBA, NFL, University of Washington and Microsoft. Tom Melsheimer ’79 won a $178.7 million verdict, which is believed to be one of the largest jury verdicts in a Dallas County District Court, against NL Industries Inc., a local company controlled by Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons. The case was styled Highland Environmental Management Services, Inc, et al. vs. NL Industries, Inc., et al.
David Rowe ’83 has been named the president of Centenary College of Louisiana. An ordained United Methodist minister, he has distinguished himself in higher education circles. Centenary is regularly rated as one of the top colleges in the south. David has been recognized for his work in the Methodist Global Ethics Initiative and has been very successful in his ability to raise funds for the organization. The announcement of his appointment at Centenary noted his background as a strategic thinker and gifted public speaker. His demonstrated leadership and vision were also strong factors in his selection to this prestigious position at Centenary. Prior to Centenary, David was vice president for advancement at LaGrange College in Georgia. David and his wife Jodi have two sons, Carter and Philip.
1980’s Mark Interrante ’80 leads Yahoo! Media Product Division which consists of Yahoo! Finance, Sports, News, Music, Movies, and more. These sites have more than 200 million users around the world. Mike Viracola ’80 and family have moved back to Dallas after eight years in NY and Boston. Mike is the executive vice president of the U.S. holding company called Tremel Lonestar based in Dallas. Steve Liese ’81 reports his son Thomas, who attends Jesuit, is now a sophomore. Vibhu Sharma ’83 was appointed CFO of North American Operations of Zurich Financial Services. Based in Chicago, he commutes weekly from Minneapolis. David Crowley ’85 relocated from McKinney, TX to the Houston area with his three children. Jay DeRose ’86, a major in the U.S Army, is currently serving in Basra, Iraq as the 34th Infantry Division Psychological Operation Planner.
Jeff Staubach ’93 and John Grimes ’84 traveled to Chicago with their dads and sons. While at Wrigley Field they enjoyed time in the Cubs locker room with pro baseball pitcher and Jesuit grad Kevin Hart ’01.
Jim Thomas ’86 married Sarah Thomas on Sept. 6, 2008. Jim’s brothers Ed Thomas ’78 and Paul Thomas ’73, along with Mike Murray ’86 and thirteen nieces and nephew, participated in the wedding. Two of his nephews, Jarrod Buys ’11 and Matthew White ’12, are current Jesuit students. Jim and Sarah live in Lakewood.
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Peter McCreary ’93 stands with his new boss, Warren Buffet, at a TTI Inc. manager’s meeting. Peter was proud when TTI, his employer for 12 years, was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in 2007.
KTVT introduced two new anchors for the Channel 11 line-up when Charlie Humbert ’87 brought his son to work for the day. Shane Thompson ’87, his wife Samantha (Holland, UA ’92), and their four children, Mickey, Molly, Lilly, and Keely moved to Houston, Texas this summer. Shane has opened a Houston office for his law firm, Hoffman Kelley, LLP. Shane assures us he will be back so Mickey can play football for Jesuit Dallas, not Strake Jesuit! Michael Fazen ’88, now a Major in the U.S. Army, was selected for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel with the actual promotion in early 2010. The Army is sending him to Texas A&M for a master’s degree in information systems management with a new assignment to follow. His wife Veronika became a U.S. citizen this year and sons Michael and Alexander are doing great. Toph Collins ’89 is working on his doctorate degree in theology at Boston College. Bill Graves ’89 and wife Amy now live in Austin and have two daughters, Kayla (4) and Chloe (2). Bill is a registered representative in financial services with a focus on retirement income planning. Erich Schulz ’89 lives in San Francisco and is Director of Engineering for Ecast Inc., the largest interactive out of home media network in the United States. Erich and Amy Yarbrough recently bought a house in San Francisco’s Mission district and, in his spare time, Erich plays bass guitar for The Jank, a local rock band.
1990’s Jim Bercen ’90 and wife Jessica welcomed their first child Noah James into the world April 8, 2009. By May he retired from Verizon to become a stay-at-home dad. They are busy looking for a new home in Austin. Jason Clayton ’91 is a full partner and president of The Rowland Group in Dallas.
James Tolle ’93 married Julie Vanderpool in West Lafayette, Indiana, on the campus of Purdue University. Father, John ’51, brothers Michael ’87 and John ’89, along with a team of Jesuit alumni from the class of ’93 were in attendance. James has joined the faculty of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville as an assistant professor of medicine in the division of allergy, pulmonary and critical care. Patrick Armstrong ’94 needed help from Jesuit buddies Mike Cummins ’94 and Rick Foerster ’94 when he returned from Iraq in May to get married. “They were there to keep me from running away!” Sam Civello ’94 and wife Ashley welcomed their second son into their family this past spring. Griffin Samuel Civello was born on April 3, 2009. Hogan (2) has taken on the role of the older brother by teaching Griffin everything he knows about sports, the Jesuit Rangers, and the Texas Longhorns! Professionally, Sam is managing director at MedSynergies where he is responsible for all operational areas of a recent joint venture with Texas Health Resources. Ashley is a pediatric occupational therapist in private practice with her own clinic, Theraplay Associates, in the Preston Center area. John Gerdes ’94 left the banking business to pursue a career as a financial advisor. He passed all the required certifying exams and is now practicing with Smith Barney in Texas. Agustin Gonzalez ’94 and wife Elizabeth are proud to announce the birth of their son, Vladimir Adrian on Mar. 25, 2009. Vladimir is 2 years younger than his brother, Nicolas Maximilian. Agustin completed his BS inMmanagementSscience and MBA at SMU. After working several years at Merrill Lynch, he founded his own investment management firm, AG Capital Management in Dallas, where he trades equities and derivatives for high-net-worth clients. His firm, started in 2006, also plans to launch a mutual fund early next year.
Matt Castro ’94 with daughter Lauren Arlynn showed their Jesuit spirit when they visited the alumni office to see the campus improvements.
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Aaron Koury ’96 married Elizabeth James (UA ’94) on October 24, 2009 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Dallas. The couple honeymooned in Ireland and will live in Dallas.
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Jay Pendleton ’98 and teammates celebrate after another winning season. Jay is the captain of FC Wang, a men’s soccer team, that has won five championships. The team has several members who played at Jesuit for soccer coach Charles DeLong.
J.R. Smock ’94 and wife Farrah welcomed the birth of daughter Liliana Marie Smock on Mar. 27, 2009 at Medical City of Dallas. Nickolas Spiliotis ’94 and wife Evelyn announce the birth of their daughter Dimitra, born July 28, 2009. Spili is an attorney with the law firm of Cozen O’Connor in Houston. Shane McMahon ’95 moved to El Paso, TX from Maryland for a job with the federal public defender’s office. Doug End ’96 married Ayrica Zeigler on Apr. 4, 2009, at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd followed by a reception at the Empire Room. Doug received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has joined the practice of North Texas Anesthesia Consultants, P.A., in Dallas. The bride is a graduate of Baylor and of the University of Texas at Dallas with a master’s degree in speech language pathology. She is currently working as a speech pathologist in a long-term care facility.
“I am incredibly fortunate. The F-16 is still the most amazing office that a guy like me could ever have hoped for. To all my Jesuit bro’s who paid taxes… thank you.” – Mike Chabino ’00
Mark Ford ’96 and wife Heather welcomed their first daughter Avery Elisabeth on Apr. 8, 2009. Mom and baby are doing well. He is flying the Citation X for XOJet Inc., and a pilot for the Texas Air National Guard, before he returns to Afghanistan. Jason Forden ’96 and wife Carolyn welcomed their daughter Evelyn Lea into the world on Mar. 6, 2009. Jace Graham ’96 married Hilary Schwiem in Austin, TX. The groom, father of the groom and best men all wore Scottish kilts as bagpipes played the wedding march. A graduate of Cornell University, Jace is a land manager at Palo Petroleum.
JR Yarbrough ’96 and wife Sarah are proud to announce the birth of their second child, daughter Avery Lei, on July 6, 2009. Their son, Asher (3), is the best big brother ever! JR still resides in Frisco, TX and was recently promoted to network operations manager for Palm Harbor Homes, Inc. Sal Genovese ’97 and wife Emily announce the birth of their second daughter, Georgia Greenlee Genovese on July 15, 2009. John Hever ’97 and wife Rebecca welcomed John Dugan Hever on March 4, 2009. A future Jesuit Ranger, his grandfather is John Hever ’72. Dustin Pridmore ’97 and wife Melissa are proud to announce the addition of daughter, Kennedy Mae Pridmore born June 14, 2009, to their family and the Jesuit community. J.R. England ’98 wed Jaime Murphy (ESD ’01) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas on Feb. 28, 2009. The couple hes a home in the Kessler Park area of Dallas, but recently moved to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. for a two year stint, where J.R. will be working on the MASDAR City project, the first carbon neutral city in the world, as legal counsel. Mike Gavin ’98 and wife Lisa are very proud and blessed to announce the birth of their daughter, Zoe Annabelle, who arrived Aug. 10 weighing 7 lbs. 7 oz. and measuring 19.5 inches. Mike was awarded his J.D. from SMU this year and is practicing in Dallas with Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr. Fernando Vasquez ’98 and wife Roula recently purchased the Teacher’s Depot in Frisco, TX. They have a wide variety of products to meet all educational needs.
2000’s With his MS in Chemistry, Robert Azad ’00 was promoted to senior chemist after only four months on the job. He is now heading to Boston University to start work on his PhD. “Class of 2000 please send in your updates. I can’t believe some of us already have smaller versions of ourselves,” writes Mike “Tazer” Chebino ’00. He and wife Lydia are doing well. While they are still stationed in Italy, as soon as Lydia returns from a 6-month deployment in Kuwait, they will be reassigned to Kunsan Airbase, South Korea. Minh Ly ’00 married his college sweetheart, Valerie Lu, on Apr. 25, 2009. They reside in Dallas. Jason Morrow ’00 and new wife Angie live in San Antonio where he received special honors from the San Antonio Zoo for designing a new and improved habitat for orangutans. In January 2008, he spent six months living with the indigenous peoples of Papua New Guinea teaching English. He is also training to earn his 10th degree black belt.
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Austin McDaniel ’02 has been accepted as a junior member at Northwood Country Club. Following his assignment at St. Paul’s Parish in Richardson, Paul Kolker ’03 traveled to Rome to begin his time in the seminary. Michael Spaeth ’03 was married to Megan Kirby (UA ’03) in a ceremony at Christ the King Church on March 21, 2009. Father Postell was the celebrant. Rob Hurtekant ’04, a graduate of Georgetown University, knew when he was a student that he wanted to be part of the study-abroad program. Born with spina bifida, he saw no reason not to take part in the experience. So he did what any other student would do—he signed up and volunteered to work at a school for children with disabilities while studying in Cape Town, South Africa. Turned out studying abroad wasn’t just fun it was life changing. He is now pursuing a master’s degree in African Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Patrick Bulger ’01 and father Ray Bulger ’67, along with fellow team members, won the APA 8-ball city championship. All will be going to the national competition held in Las Vegas. Luke Krispinsky ’01 graduated from St. Louis University Medical School and has started his residency in pediatrics at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Virginia. Luke was promoted to Lieutenant after his graduation from medical school. He expects to complete his residency in approximately three years, and then serve four years as a Navy doctor. Luke, wife Mary, and daughter Amelia Grace (1) live in Suffolk, VA. Pablo Lastra ’01 is excited about attending Harvard Law School. He expects to graduate in 2012. Omar Nava ’01 is stationed at Osan Air Base, South Korea as the Wing Weather Officer for the 51st Fighter Wing. He is scheduled to report to the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to pursue a master’s degree in applied physics, specializing in space weather. Jeff Pope ’01 graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry and has begun his 36-month residency program in periodontics. Jason Saucedo ’01 married Kelly Pruitt on June 27, 2009. With Arnold Zimberg for just two years, he has expanded his region from five stores to 55 and opened in Neiman Marcus nationwide.
Kenny Halloran ’04 is headed to Cambodia with the Peace Corps where he will work in a health clinic and teach English to local residents. Tref Hodge ’04 completed an exciting internship at Price Waterhouse Coopers as an accountant and is looking forward to starting his new job at AT&T. Darrin Nobles ’04 is the founder and CEO of Watermelon Democracy Apparel and president of 15th Floor Consulting Firm. Aaron Ambrite ’05 graduated from College of Charleston and is beginning his career in Valencia, Spain with a major international ocean container line. The company is based in Korea so Aaron expects to be filling in his passport with lots of stamps during the next couple of years. Rick Crain ’05 is the current president of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Texas Christian University. Josh Huffman ’05 was named to the Southland Conference All-Academic First Team for the 2009 spring semester. Josh was the second baseman for two years at The University of Central Arkansas and majored in prephysical therapy. Hayden Lindsey ’05 graduated summa cum laude with the highest GPA among graduating psychology seniors. He is attending UT Southwestern Medical School this semester.
Michael Scholten ’05 earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the 2008 fall semester and was awarded the 2008 Atlas Award in recognition of his character on and off the field. Michael graduated with a degree in finance from the Xavier University Williams College of Business and is employed at 3W Inc., a financial services company in Dallas. Michael Scholten ’05 wears his captain’s band during a game at Xavier University, where he started for three of the four years that he played Division I soccer.
Omar Nava ’01 was promoted to the rank of Captain, U. S. Air Force. He is stationed in South Korea.
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Travis Lauder ’06 graduated with honors in chemistry from University of Wisconsin. He will be staying in Madison to attend UW Medical School.
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Alex Daigle ’07 participated in a medical mission trip to Costa Rica with TCU. Aaron Ambrite ’05 with his proud dad and step-mom at graduation from College of Charlestown in South Carolina.
College placement counselor Chris Blackwell visits with Ryan Morales ’09 at American University in Washington D.C. Chris thinks it’s pretty neat to tell people he has visited 64 college campuses since he started his job at Jesuit Dallas in 2008.
Oliver Valdes ’08 and the members of the Penn State fencing team were the 2009 NCAA Fencing National Champions.
Brock Seraphin ’05 traveled to Cambodia on an Alternative Breaks trip to work with a micro-credit program that lends small amounts of money at low interest rates to farmers and shopkeepers. Brock, co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Passion, a student-run magazine on topics related to social justice, was among six students who received a 2009 Riordan Community Service Award, given to students for their outstanding contributions to the community.
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Geno Triana ’05 graduated magna cum laude and was awarded a BS in chemical engineering by the University of Alabama. Johnny Trombello ’05 graduated from Creighton University with honors and a degree in finance. He will be working in Kansas City with Cerner Corporation. Bradley Williams ’05 graduated summa cum laude from TCU with departmental honors in economics. He was voted senior scholar by the faculty and won an award for his thesis about fraud in the subprime mortgage industry. He is working on a graduate degree in economics.
2009 graduates scan the newly released yearbook at the annual party welcoming them as Jesuit alumni.
Katharine Leake to Chuck McGuire ’60 Sarah Thomas to Jim Thomas ’86 Julie Vanderpool to James Tolle ’93 Dorothy to Patrick Armstrong ’94 Ayrica Zeigler to Doug End ’96 Hilary Schwiem to Jace Graham ’96 Elizabeth James to Aaron Koury ’96 Jaime Murphy to J.R. England ’98 Valerie Lu to Minh Ly ’00 Angie to Jason Morrow ’00 Kelly Pruitt to Jason Saucedo ’01 Megan Kirby to Michael Spaeth ’03
The bridal party of Doug End ’96 and Ayrica Zeigler included alumni from Jesuit and Ursuline. Groomsmen (L to R): Dan Tobin, Ryan Clayton ’96, Chris Elmore ’96, Adam Zeigler, Tim Schoening, Chad Sprecher and Steve Barnes. Bridesmaids (L to R): Beki Stout, Jessica Kessinger, Jessica End Clemmer (UA ’93), Emily Glynn and Rebecka Davidson Tobin (UA ’96).
Rev. John Deeves, S.J. concelebrated the wedding Mass of Sarah and Jim Thomas ’86 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
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Rev. Philip Postell, S. J. was surrounded by Jesuit alumni at the wedding of Jace Graham ’96 and Hilary Schwiem. L to R: Brandt Calver ’96, Jace Graham ’96, Rev. Philip Postell, S.J., Tyler Graham ’99 and Keith Sweitzer ’96.
James Tolle ’93 had plenty of support from Jesuit family and friends on his wedding day. Back row (L to R): Joe Weaver ’93, Mike McNally ’93, Alexis Buggenhout ’93, John Tolle ’89, John B. Tolle ’51, Michael Tolle ’87, James Tolle ’93, Clayton Kline ’93, Mike Koeth ’93, Kneeling (L to R): Jeff Staubach ’93, Jimmy Archie ’93, David Frost ’93. Not pictured, but in attendance, Danny Lowry ’93 and John Zach ’93. Kaela Nicole Gruninger
Daughters Chloe to Amy and Bill Graves ’89 Lauren Arlynn to Rhonda and Matt Castro ’94 Liliana Marie to Farrah and J.R. Smock ’94 Dimitri to Evelyn and Nickolas Spiliotis ’94 Avery Elisabeth to Heather and Mark Ford ’96 Evelyn Lea to Carolyn and Jason Forden ’96 Avery Lei to Sarah and J.R. Yarbrough ’96 Georgia Greenlee to Emily and Sal Genovese ’97 Kennedy Mae to Melissa and Dustin Pridmore ’97 Zoe Annabelle to Lisa and Mike Gavin ’98 Kaela Nicole to Wendi and Todd Gruninger ’98 Amelia Grace to Mary and Luke Krispinsky ’01
Zoe Annabelle Gavin
Avery Lei Yarbrough
Kennedy Mae Pridmore
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Sons Michael Joseph to Victoria and Mike Major ’79 Sebastian Luke to Tammy and Javier Espinoza ’85 Charles Joseph to Ann-Marie and Chris Helling ’86 Noah James to Jessie and Jim Bercen ’90 Jack Edward to Elisabeth and Paul Carrell ’91 Luke Daniel to Lisa and Danny Lowry ’93 Griffin Samuel to Ashley and Sam Civello ’94 Vladimir Adrian to Elizabeth and Agustin Gonzalez ’94 John Dugan to Rebecca and John Hever ’97 Noah Jackson to Melissa and Bobby Doherty ’98 Austin to Kassy and Toby Reiff ’98 Cole Douglas to Jamey and Doug McKeever ’99 Brady Steven to Jennifer and John Sommers ’99 Omar Rasheed to Amber and Omar Jenkins ’00 Jackson to Kathryn and Jeff Pope ’01
Griffin Samuel Civello
Omar Rasheed Jenkins
Grandsons Noah James Bianchi to Deborah and Ruben Reyes ’74
Vladimir Adrian Gonzalez
Noah James Bianchi
Sebastian Luke and parents Tammy and Javier Espinoza ’85 Brady Steven Sommers
Luke Daniel Lowry
John Dugan Hever
Robert A. Paroski, Sr. ’49 Guadalupe “Lupe” Quevedo, Jr. ’49 Louis A. DeHaes ’51 Robert A. Barker ’56 Simon A. Martinez ’57 Robert M. Sirchio ’57 David E. Enright ’60 William R. Roach, Jr. ’61 R. Stephen Blankinship ’64 David J. Stone ’65 Norman “Woody” Taliaferro ’65 Tracy “Ritter” Wilson, Jr. ’06 Zachary A. Pellegrini ’07
Joseph Wesner ’74 (Mary Wesner Kimbell) John Wesner ’77 (Mary Wesner Kimbell)
=Patrick Enright ’57 (David E. Enright ’60) Andrew Quevedo ’59 (Guadalupe “Lupe” Quevedo, Jr. ’49) Mike Taliaferro ’59 (Norman “Woody” Taliaferro ’65) Jim Quevedo ’63 (Guadalupe “Lupe” Quevedo, Jr. ’49) Michael Roach ’63 (William Richard Roach ’61) Jerry Taliaferro ’63 (Norman “Woody” Taliaferro ’65) Rick Sirchio ’65 (Robert M. Sirchio ’57) Rick Stone ’66 (David J. Stone ’65) Cody Wilson ’07 (Tracy “Ritter” Wilson, Jr. ’06)
Edward Pellegrini ’74 (Zachary A. Pellegrini ’07)
John Keller ’46 (Marie Keller)
Francis Miranda ’51 (Mary Miranda) Louis Maher ’68 (Mary Elizabeth Maher) Hans Meintser ’68 (Petronella Meintser) Edward Maher ’69 (Mary Elizabeth Maher) John Maher ’70 (Mary Elizabeth Maher) Daniel Maher ’71 (Mary Elizabeth Maher) Kenneth Jilek ’73 (Shirley Adams Jilek) Patrick Maher ’74 (Mary Elizabeth Maher) Erik Meintser ’74 (Petronella Meintser) Kevin Jilek ’75 (Shirley Adams Jilek) Chris Phipps ’76 (Mary Claire Phipps) Christopher Adams ’92 (Patricia Adams) Glenn Wallace ’99 (Dorothy Wallace)
Randy Labac ’62 (Wallace G. Labac) Gary Labac ’65 (Wallace G. Labac) Leonard Dickinson ’66 (Leonard A. Dickinson, Sr.) †John Rener ’67 (Ross Rener) Michael Shropshire ’67 (Charles T. Shropshire, Jr.) Jeff Pearce ’74 (Louis F. Pearce) Patrick Thompson ’74 (John H. Thompson) James Campbell ’76 (James W. Campbell, Sr.) Daniel Shropshire ’77 (Charles T. Shropshire, Jr.) Christopher Thompson ’78 (John H. Thompson) Mundy Peale ’80 (Mundy Ingalls Peale Jr.) Martin Martinez ’82 (Simon A. Martinez ’57) Lalon Peale ’84 (Mundy Ingalls Peale, Jr.) Matthew Martinez ’85 (Simon A. Martinez ’57) Michael Gange ’88 (Anthony E. Gange) R. Charles Hobrecht ’96 (R. Barry Hobrecht) Robert Blankinship ’99 (Steve Blankinship ’64) Kyle Carson ’03 (Thomas M. Carson, Jr.) Cress Terrell ’05 (Joe Terrell) Chad Carson ’06 (Thomas M. Carson, Jr.) = deceased
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Fred Delin ’53 (Tracy “Ritter” Wilson, Jr. ’06) Randy McKemie ’85 (Loretta Smith) Michael Phipps ’98 Brian Hall ’99 (Dorothy Hall) Jordan Lee ’01 (Barbara Beakes Lee) Adam Ramirez ’03 (Gloria L. Alarcon) Robert Kerr ’04 (Margaret K. Rippey) Matthew Phipps ’04 Brian Kerr ’06 (Margaret K. Rippey) Joseph Benefield ’07 (Hallie Benefield) Jonathan Phipps ’08 Daniel Blast ’10 (Mary Elizabeth Maher)
Mark Labac ’88 (Wallace G. Labac) Eric Staron ’02 (Andrew J. Staron) Andy Staron ’04 (Andrew J. Staron) Johnny Trombello ’05 (John Trombello) D.J. Shropshire ’08 (Charles T. Shropshire, Jr.) Michael Johnson ’09 (Robert Koscso) Stephen Shropshire ’10 (Charles T. Shropshire, Jr.) Michael Trombello ’11 (John Trombello)
Jimmy Watson ’05 (Bill Watson) Hunter Allen ’10 (Edwin Brom)
Albert Pellegrini ’59 (Zachary A. Pellegrini ’07) Fred Delin ’77 (Tracy “Ritter” Wilson, Jr. ’06)
Mike Pellegrini ’85 (Zachary A. Pellegrini ’07) Carlo Pellegrini ’87 (Zachary A. Pellegrini ’07) Fred Delin ’05 (Tracy “Ritter” Wilson, Jr. ’06) Matt Pellegrini ’06 (Zachary A. Pellegrini ’07)
Steve Cook ’73 (Jerry Burton Hanson)
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The Jesuit community remembers and prays for those among us who have passed away and offers condolences to their families. We make every effort to reflect each passing in our community and regret any oversights that may occur. Please inform us of any losses in your immediate family.
Robert A. Paroski, Sr. ’49
Bob Paroski, graduate of Jesuit High School, long-time member of The Lord’s House of Prayer in Crandall, TX, citizen of Balch Springs, TX, and an outstanding husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away on July 5, 2009. He was preceded in death by parents, Tom and Delia Paroski; daughter, Kathy Paroski; two brothers and three sisters. Survived by his wife, Carroll Paroski; sons, Robert Paroski, Jr. (Margaret), Steve Paroski (Cindy), Tom Paroski (Rosa); daughters, Cindy Swanner (Charles), and Sherry Paroski and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.
Guadalupe “Lupe” Quevedo, Jr. ’49
Lupe Quevedo, born in Dallas to parents, Cipriana Marie Bayer and Guadalupe A. Quevedo, Sr., passed away on Aug. 17, 2009. He was the first son of nine children. At Jesuit High School, Lupe played football, baseball, handball, edited the school newspaper, and was a member of the first full graduating class of 1949. A U.S. Marine, he was a veteran of the Korean War. Lupe worked as a lithographer in Dallas and was an active member of St. Philip’s where he coached baseball and football. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Bertha; daughters Sandra Schubert (David) and Susan Kreneck (Kevin); sons Steven Quevedo and Sean Quevedo (Cynthia); grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers and sisters including Andrew Quevedo ’59 and James Quevedo ’63.
Louis A. DeHaes ’51
Louis DeHaes passed away July 29, 2009. Louis was born on Aug 21, 1933, in Irving, TX, graduated from Texas A&M in 1955, and spent a tour in Korea in the U.S. Army. He returned to Irving in 1966 where he lived until his death. Louis is survived by his mother, Laura; his wife, Jenice; his three children, Alyson DeHaes, Louie DeHaes (Kelly), Drew DeHaes (Dorothy); and his extended family, Tammy Ford, Danny and Tara Mathews, and Charles and Fancy Guthrie. Louis has 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Louis was preceded in death by his first wife, Shelia; his two sisters, Suzanne and Laura Louise.
Robert A. Barker ’56
Bob Barker passed away on Feb. 12, 2009, after battling lung cancer for almost eight years. He graduated from St. Mary’s University in 1960 and became a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Bob worked as an outside salesman for Keuffel and Esser Co. for 20 years. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 8541. His passion was model trains and he was a long-time member of the Model Railroad Association. He always spoke fondly of his years at Jesuit. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Rose Ann Barker; his daughters Kathryn L. Barker and Jennifer M. Huerta. Funeral Mass was at St. Monica Catholic Church in San Antonio, and interment was at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honors.
Simon A. Martinez ’57
Simon Martinez passed away Aug. 19, 2009 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Born to Gregorio and Ygnacia Martinez in Dallas, he was the youngest of 18 children. A graduate of Jesuit High School, he was the epitome of the school’s motto “Men for Others” as evidenced by his countless hours of time, dedication, and devotion to his church, his schools, and his family. Simon will be remembered as a faithful servant, loving husband and father, and dedicated friend. Simon is survived by his wife of 46 years, Helen Marie Martinez; sons, Martin Martinez ’82 and Matthew Martinez ’85; and daughter, Melissa (UA ’99). He is also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family who will remember him as kind, gentle, and loving.
Robert M. Sirchio ’57
Bob Sirchio of Richardson, TX died May 16, 2009 at his home, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Chicago, to Walter and Mildred Sirchio, Bob grew up in Dallas where he graduated from Jesuit High School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. A member of the U.S. Air Force, Bob served during the Cuban Missile Crisis and was a dedicated member of his local American Legion post. He is survived by his wife, Christine Sirchio; daughters, Michelle Sirchio, Kimberly Hunter, and Kelly Oliver; sons, Michael Sirchio and Tony Sirchio; brother, Rick Sirchio ’65 (Debbie). He is also survived by seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. A lover of music, Bob enjoyed all aspects of his life.
David E. Enright ’60
David Enright passed away on July 26, 2009. David attended Jesuit High School in Dallas, and in 1959 was a member of the only undefeated/ untied football team in Jesuit Ranger history. He received a four-year football scholarship to SMU, and in 2005 was inducted into the Jesuit Sports Hall of Fame. He married his wife, Jo, in 1966. They have a daughter, Tracey, who was blessed to have David in her life as her father and best friend. David was preceded in death by his beloved brother, Pat Enright ’57 and is survived by a wonderful extended family including his sister JoEllen Wilson, her husband Bob, and four adoring nieces.
William R. Roach, Jr. ’61
Dick Roach, the first son of William Roach and Mary Howard Roach, passed away on July 17, 2009. He grew up in Dallas and attended Jesuit High School. Dick was a pioneer in the field of legal videography and was instrumental in establishing standards still followed today. As a trial presentation specialist he worked to develop multimedia presentations for the courtroom. With his wife, Karen, Dick embraced the children of their blended family and taught them to be unafraid of challenges, to love life and to live by their decisions. He is survived by his mother, wife, children, 13 grandchildren, sisters, and brothers including Mike Roach ’63.
R. Stephen Blankinship ’64
Steve Blankinship, a lifelong journalist and communications specialist, passed away Sept. 22, 2009 after a long illness. He was 63 years old. A resident of Dallas, he is survived by wife, Patricia and sons, Charles and Robert ’99. Steve spent more than 25 years in the electric utility industry as a writer, editor, policy analyst and company spokesperson. He had a great passion for the electric power industry. His final reflections on the industry were published in the October issue of Power Engineering magazine.
David Joseph Stone ’65
David Stone, a Fort Bend County attorney and community activist, died June 3, 2009 at his home in First Colony, TX. He was a graduate of Jesuit High School and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to Houston to attend the University of Houston Law School. In addition to being a recognized securities attorney, he was a major player in the local Republican Party and for 20 years was the party pro-bono general counsel. David is survived by his wife of 37 years, Gail; his son, Christopher; and brother, Rick Stone ’66.
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Norman “Woody” Taliaferro ’65
Woody Taliaferro, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away Aug. 4, 2009. An All-American basketball player at Jesuit High School, he averaged 24 points a game his senior year and was the team’s leading scorer. A graduate of SMU in Dallas, he continued his basketball career while earning his BBA in finance. Woody was inducted into the Jesuit Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. He is survived by his wife, Denise Taliaferro; daughters, Shannon McCaroll (Zac), Allyson Taliaferro, Corinne Kornegay (Kevin), and Caitlyn Taliaferro; sons, Norman Taliaferro, Jr. and Elliott Taliaferro; grandchildren, Noah Kornegay, Ava Lucile McCarroll and Maggie McCarroll; brothers, Mike Taliaferro ’59 (Kathy), Ron Taliaferro, and Jerry Taliaferro ’63 (Beth); sisters, Adele Visinsky (John) and Bonnie Pronsky (John). He was preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Adele Taliaferro.
Tracy “Ritter” Wilson Jr. ’06
Ritter Wilson passed away peacefully July 8, 2009 after suffering full cardiac and pulmonary arrest. A senior at Texas Tech, Ritter was 21 years old. He is survived by parents, Laura and Tracy Wilson; brother, Cody Delin Wilson ’07; nana, Christine Ritter Wilson; grandparents Joan and Fred Delin ’53; Uncle Fred Delin Jr. ’77; cousins, Fred Delin ’05, Mary Delin (UA ’08), Laura Delin (UA ’09) and numerous other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Sam H. Wilson. A vigil and Mass, attended by hundreds of Jesuit and Ursuline alumni and friends, were held at St. Rita Catholic Church with Fr. Philip Postell, S.J. as celebrant.
Zachary A. Pellegrini ’07
Zach Pellegrini passed away on May 26, 2009. His death was the result of multiple medical complications from an accidental three-story fall on the campus of University of Texas at Dallas. He attended St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School and earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 728. He was a summa cum laude graduate from Jesuit Dallas and was attending U.T.D. on an Academic Distinction Scholarship. He is survived by parents, Suzanne and Edward Pellegrini ’74; sister, Casey; numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins and lifelong friends. He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Cecelia and Carl Pellegrini; maternal grandparents, Leta and Ed Williams; stepgrandfather Leroy R. Houston, and his aunt Robin E. Williams.
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I take the honor of being named Jesuit’s distinguished alumnus of 2009 and what it means very seriously. I will spend the rest of my life attempting to live up to the standard it represents, but I will never feel comfortable that I have reached that ideal. Often, this type of recognition is reserved for Wischmeyer ’76 visits with students. people who have undertaken major volunteer initiatives; of course, these people and the work they do are remarkable. But I believe of equal importance is the service each of us can do in the course of our daily lives. When Father Postell called to tell me I had been selected for the award, I began reflecting about how my Jesuit education has impacted me, and what the Men for Others motto has meant in my life. When I spoke to the students, I shared with them that the biggest turning point in my life was when Bill Schuster started Community Service Days. I was assigned to help at Notre Dame School every Monday from 9:00 until noon. I’ll never forget my trepidation before walking in the first day—I didn’t know what to expect from a room full of children, ages four through ten, most with Down Syndrome—but I quickly found that I could expect one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I will never forget the expressions on their faces, and the incredible enthusiasm with which they greeted me every single Monday. These kids were incredibly loving and appreciated the time I was giving them. That is when it hit me that it made me feel good to help and serve others. That set me in a direction for the rest of my life. To me, living the Men for Others mission has been about doing the little things every day. Each of us is presented with thousands of opportunities to do the work that God would like us to do, and He presents us with opportunities every day. But, it’s up to each of us to choose how we respond. Since Jesuit has taught me that thinking about and serving others is what the right way to live, I have a duty to live it. So I try to live by asking, “What is it that you want me to do today, God?” “Who do you want me to serve?” “Who do you want me to help?” By being guided by that attitude in my daily walk and life, I have been amazed by how it can change people. I have also come to realize that I am the biggest beneficiary of serving others and that my happiest times are when I am not thinking about myself. That is the lesson that I learned so early, and I am so grateful for, from my Jesuit education.
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I’m also extremely grateful for the faculty that carries on this mission today, especially the leadership. We are very blessed to have a man like Mike Earsing as our principal. Mike does his work with true Jesuit leadership values—that is, he gives credit to everyone but himself —always guided by love of God and love of fellow man. This leadership gives me confidence that the Men for Others ideal will continue to guide Jesuit students for years to come. Mark Wischmeyer ’76 was named Jesuit’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2009 for his service to the community, particularly St. Anthony’s School and Community Center. J
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